With previous results in mind those fishing round four of the Angling Trust Winter League on the Old Nene at March must have been confident of another good result.
Despite another heavy overnight frost sport was good for most. The hot pegs on Nene Parade were not used but there were still plenty of roach weights and a few perch and tench including individual match winner Andy Moss. He drew on the better pegs above the bypass bridge opposite the marina and took a good tench, a few big perch and close to double figures of roach for a 14lb 3 ½ oz total. Phil Chesterton caught small roach all day on pinkie over groundbait to finish second with 13lb 12oz followed by Mark Pollard on 13lb 4oz.
Maver Bait Tech took team honours with 19 points, including five section winners. Browning Hotrods second on 27. With just two rounds to go, Browning leads on nine points with Sensas Mark One a point behind. With the last two rounds on fenland drains it would be brave to pick the winning team. This weekend will see a practice match on the drains including the Old Nene at Benwick, tickets and details from Roy Whincup on 01487 822333.
The popular Wednesday Open matches will continue throughout winter. Plenty of fish showing on the North Level system. Top rod was John Taylor, 15lb 14oz of roach all taken on pinkie. Runner-up John Young on 13lb 10oz, Mark Lynn 12lb 9oz. Sunday’s club match saw Colin Gibbons win with roach and a few skimmers for 9lb 6oz. Runner-up Ray Groom 7lb 4oz, Dave Parlett on 6lb 13oz.
Both the Wednesday and Sunday matches will draw at 9am at Clough Treatment Works, fishing is from 10am-3pm. Spratt’s AC
Just before the frost at the weekend the match on Cedar Pool saw Peter Spriggs just winning by a single fish, 48lb 9oz. Peter fished paste on the long pole and close in. Peter Parlett second on 48lb 9oz, Bryan Lakey 44lbn.
The last match of the year on the Six Island pool at Decoy Lakes. For some anglers it turned out to be a real struggle after a heavy overnight frost. Match winner Dave Garner took the odd fish in the first four hours of the match yet a cracking late run on meat saw him finish well clear with 47lb 3oz to the scales. Runner-up Kev Lee, on red maggot with 29lb 2oz, John Smith 25lb 1oz.
One water that did not seem to be too badly affected by the onset of winter was Townsend Lakes, in the Saturday open match Colin Begbie took the honours with a fine 70lb 10oz net all taken on the long pole with pellet. Runner-up 68lb 3oz Ricky Young, Ray Cook 59lb 4oz.
Sunday’s match was in an all-over frost but yet again the fish fed well, Begbie topping the field with 98lb 8oz of small carp taken on the long pole with pellet. Ken Clarke 94lb 6oz, Harry Morgan 85lb 2oz.